I actually think this has something to do with David's work on the parser (could be wrong...).
On Apr 20, 2012, at 7:40 AM, James wrote:
> On 20 April 2012 00:40, Nick Payne <address@hidden
>> The documentation at
>> both automatic and manual footnotes says that the \footnote command must
>> come *before* the grob to which the footnote is being attached. This doesn't
>> seem to be the case. Here the \footnote commands are after the notes to
>> which they are attached, and they work fine:
> I think this was to do with David's additional work on Mike's a few
> months ago when what he did changed the requirement from the original
> footnote document in earlier versions of 2.15. We did re-write much of
> the examples and obviously missed this.